Romeo and Tuff’n live just outside Las Vegas and graciously showed me their princely lifestyle! These male capybaras were acquired separately, and are around 2 years old, nearly full grown. Tuff’n is a couple months younger than Romeo and is a special needs capybara: he has little or no vision in his right eye.
I have been following them on facebook but this was my first opportunity to meet Romeo and Tuff’n. Dick (The Bartender) met them last year, but none of his descriptions or photos prepared me for the dedication of their owners. These capybara “brothers” are truly central to the life of their owners! So they go to the park every day!
Georgi brought Mia to the park, too.
Mia lives with a male and female capybara near her own age, but this was the first time Romeo and Tuff’n had met a young female. Little Mia was overwhelmed by their attention!
Georgi and Mia had other plans for the afternoon and left the park early.
Fresh grass is an essential element of the capybara diet. Like humans and guinea pigs, capybaras cannot manufacture their own vitamin C. Wild capybaras get most of their vitamin C from an inexhaustible supply of grass, water plants, and shrubbery. Supplemental feedings of fresh fruit and vegetables is recommended to avoid scurvy, especially for young capybaras.
Vitamin D is another important nutrient for young capybaras, helping the body absorb calcium. Capybaras are primarily outdoor animals, and are rarely found indoors in the wild.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Romeo and Tuff’n give us a tour of their home. These capybaras don’t chew furniture or mark their territory indoors.
Romeo and Tuff’n have decorated to their own highly specific standards! Marvin is planning to refinish the floors to an easy-care surface.
Wild capybaras spend most of their life in or near water. This back yard is nearly all water!
They have their own little capybara door to the house, and can go swimming at any time. They like to be where the “herd” is, though.
It wasn’t their usual swimming time of day, so the capybaras teased us by walking around on the pool deck.
Tuff’n finally got into the pool briefly, but Romeo was more interested in marking the pool deck and rubbing his morrillo on the pool maintenance equipment!
There are multiple options available for accommodating these typically outdoor animals. Most of the pet capybaras I know of are strictly outdoor pets. Romeo and Tuff’n are exceptional and have free run of the house. Garibaldi and Caplin had free run of the house. Dobbye is exceptional in his own wild and crazy way. That’s why Dobbye is restricted to a small area of the kitchen. Oh, well.
The capybara ruling class, at leisure! Thank you for a glimpse into your fabulous lifestyle!